In this book Norman Housley, one of the most distinguished historians of the medieval period, provides an introduction to the complex history of crusading. * Steers readers through the key debates in this popular area of medieval history. * Draws on the author's 30 years' experience of crusading scholarship.
A story of how a group of warriors, driven by faith, greed and wanderlust, carved out new Christian-ruled states in the Middle East. The crusaders' stunning initial success started a sequence of great Crusades, each with its own story, that shaped the Christian and Muslim worlds for centuries, until the Crusader castles were finally expunged.
The story of the crusades has been told and retold in Western histories-but invariable from Western perspectives. Carole Hillenbrand's fresh interpretation drew on Islamic sources that describe the crusades from a Muslim point of view.
Riley-Smith's 1986 book gives convincing case for a 'revisionist' view of the crusades, challenging the common belief that the crusades were motivated by fanaticism and were designed to plunder the Holy Lands.
An enlightening collection of essays by a distinguished list of contributors on travel and travellers from Europe to the Middle East in the medieval period, covering the Crusades, pilgrimage, mission, trade, scholarship, and exploration, as well as expectations and experiences. A valuable work for students of medieval history.
A history of the crusades, this work also offers an overview of the logistical, economic, social and biographical aspects. A compilation of facts, figures, maps, family trees, summaries of the major crusades and their historiography, it spans a chronological range from the eleventh to the eighteenth century, and gives a chronological framework.
An account of Richard the Lionheart's reign. John Gillingham scrutinizes the king's fluctuating reputation over the centuries and portrays him as neither a feckless knight-errant nor a neglectful king, but a masterful and businesslike ruler. This paperback includes an updated bibliography.
Crusading was a central theme in early medieval European history and this book covers all the expeditions which took place between the First Crusade in 1096 and the final retreat from Palestine in 1291.
In the first years of the thirteenth century Villehardouin served as an envoy in the Fourth Crusade. Half a century later, Joinville accompanied the French king, Louis IX, on crusade to Egypt and the Near East. This book offers narratives of these campaigns and provides insights into the characters and beliefs of the crusaders.
The Crusades were a startling and spectacular phenomenon that exerted a powerful influence on European development over a period of many centuries. Much recent writing has been devoted to explaining how the crusades began and what they achieved.
When people think of Richard the Lionheart they recall the scene at the end of every Robin Hood epic when he returns from theCrusades to punish his treacherous brother John and the wicked Sheriff of Nottingham.
Explores the conflict of ideas, beliefs and cultures and shows both the contradictions and diversity of holy war. This book draws on contemporary writings - on chronicles, songs, sermons, travel diaries and peace treaties - to focus on people and events we thought we knew well.
Shows how the crusades really worked, and a revolutionary attempt to rethink how we understand the Middle Ages. This is the story of the wars and conquests initiated by the First Crusade and its successors is itself so compelling that most accounts move quickly from describing the Pope's calls to arms to the battlefield.